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Dominica 2005

Dominica. According to countryaah, Roseau is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Dominica. After general elections in May, the sitting government, led by the Dominica Labor Party (DLP), could safely remain in power. The ruling party took home twelve of the 21 electoral seats in Parliament’s lower house, while the opposition in the form of the United Workers’ Party (UWP) had to settle for eight seats. An independent candidate with ties to UWP was also selected. The government’s safe victory was considered by independent assessors to be due to an improved economy, despite the fact that the economic clean-up at the same time meant the dismissal of public employees and tax increases.

  • Also see abbreviationfinder.org for how the acronym DM stands for the country of Dominica and other meanings of this two-letter abbreviation.

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A new regional court (Caribbean Court of Justice) was installed in the spring for the CARICOM countries, to which Dominica belongs. The Court will decide disputes between the Member States of the regional cooperation organization and eventually replace the British Privy Council as the country’s highest judicial body.

In September, Dominica’s “iron lady” Eugenia Charles, 86, died. Lawyer Charles was Prime Minister 1980-95 and was perhaps most talked about when she supported the US invasion of Grenada in 1983. Charles founded the conservative Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) and was active in the process that led to Dominica’s liberation from colonial power Britain 1978. She left politics in 1995.

HISTORY

At the end of the 20th century. a general discontent spread in the country caused by the tightening of austerity measures, launched in agreement with international creditors, and by the involvement of some government officials in various episodes of corruption. In December 1997 an illicit purchase and sale of Dominican passports also came to light which involved foreign entrepreneurs and financiers and local police forces; the scandal fueled US suspicions about Dominica’s involvement in money laundering.

In this climate of uncertainty, the political elections took place (Jan. 2000) which saw the affirmation of the Labor Party of Dominica (LPD) with about 43 % of the votes. Inaugurated an unprecedented alliance with the conservatives of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), the LPD returned to the government after twenty years. The leadership of the new executive was entrusted to R. Douglas, leader of the LPD, and, after his death (Oct 2000), to P. Charles, who also assumed the leadership of the party. The legislative commitment to hinder and punish money laundering and to regulate offshore banking meant that the country was no longer considered to be at high risk by international control bodies. Between 2002 and 2003 the government coalition, weakened by the abandonment of some of its members, had to face the strikes of public sector workers against the policy of containing wages. In October 2003, at the end of the five-year term, the parliament elected N. Liverpool as new president; a few months later (Jan 2004), the sudden death of Prime Minister Charles led to the appointment of R. Skerrit, who was also appointed shortly after as the new secretary of the LPDominica. The general elections of May 2005 recorded a new success of the LPD with 52.1% of the vote and the significant affirmation of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) with 43.6 % of the vote.